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Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. Maserati Levante: Battle of the European SUVs

Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. Maserati Levante

On display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit was the Alfa Romeo Stelvio while the Philadelphia Auto Show displayed the Maserati Levante, the two new Italian stallion SUVs. On the exterior, the two Italian cars share similarities, but under the hood and inside the cabin, they differ quite a bit.

A Quick Look Under the Hood

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has two different engine options. The smaller version is an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine which delivers 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque. Its counterpart, the more powerful twin-turbo V6, delivers 505 horsepower and can go 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Currently, the Maserati Levante features a 3.0-liter V6 engine with either 345 horsepower on the base model or 424 horsepower on the S model. At its best, the Levante takes about 5.0 seconds to go from 0-60 mph. However, a 560 horsepower V8 is scheduled for availability on the Levante in 2018.

Both cars are all-wheel drive, but the Maserati is being built for going off-road. By switching the Levante into its “off-road” mode, drivers enjoy better handling in winter weather or harsh conditions.

Instead of an “off-road” mode, The Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a “race” mode. This feature disables the ESC and activates the overboost function. It also adjusts steering and overall engine performance.

Inside the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Maserati Levante

Inside, the two cars have almost nothing in common. The Levante is all about luxury. If the standard leather seats aren’t opulent enough, the Luxury Zegna package features leather and silk seats. The cabin has accents of aluminum as well as a sleek, clean design. The Maserati has Touch Control, a touchscreen display, as well as a customizable gauge cluster.

The Stelvio, in contrast, is less about luxury and more about fun. The Quadrifoglio has sport leather seats which are heavily bolstered for comfort. A wide screen infotainment system takes up most of the dashboard. Dramatic detailing draws the eye and screams “Hey, look at me.” Overall, the interior design of the Stelvio is bolder than the Levante.

How They Compare in Price

The Levante and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio are similar in price at around $70,000+ while the base Stelvio is estimated to be ~$50,000.. Whether you prefer the Levante or the Stelvio depends solely on your lifestyle. If you want an off-road adventure, the Maserati is for you. However, if speed is your thing, go for the Stelvio. In the end, both cars live up to their hype and offer quite a bit of bang for the buck.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe

A Beastly 4MATIC AMG

For the 2019 model year, AMG is offering a GLE 63 S Coupe with 4MATIC AWD. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe is quite a beastly machine. Starting at a MSRP of $113,000 in the U.S., this car arrives with a ton of tech. The technology on the GLE 63 S Coupe include:

  • Active Curve System
  • Adaptive Dampening System
  • AIRMATIC Sport Suspension
  • Dynamic SELECT
  • ECO Start/Stop System
  • Exhaust System
  • High-Performance Braking System
  • Performance 4MATIC AWD
  • Sport-Tuned Direct Steer
  • OPTIONAL: Sport Exhaust System

All of these features are beneficial to the car, making it a track-friendly SUV coupe. With so many advanced options, this car handles quite well and is capable of towing 7,200 pounds via rear trailer hitch. So, if the goal is performance and towing capabilities, this car meets both.

An Engine Built by Hand!

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe - V8 BiTurbo 4MATIC Side Badges - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe – V8 BiTurbo 4MATIC Side Badges – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe sports a handcrafted AMG 5.5-liter V8 BiTurbo engine. At peak, the AMG V8 produces 577 horsepower and 561 lb.-ft. of torque. Towing with this much power should be cake! The engine works in combo with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-Transmission. This allows the AMG GLE to reach 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds. Lastly, to get the power to the ground, this car rocks 22” wheels.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe - AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS Transmission - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe – AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS Transmission – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

AMG Doesn’t Disappoint!

All-new Mercedes GLE Premiere REVIEW AMG-Line Exterior Interior 2019 – Autogefühl – YouTube

With the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe, AMG shows the world it is ready to battle for the years to come. With so much power, this car can compete with the crème of the crop. Furthermore, with its closest competition being Audi and BMW, these companies will have to hustle to keep the arena in fair play. Obviously, this car has quite a beautiful interior with the newest Mercedes technology. So, fortunately, this car won’t end up behind in times like the Ghibli or Levante. Overall, the AMG GLE is an amazing SUV that performs like a sedan.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe - ECO Start & Stop Button - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe – ECO Start & Stop Button – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Sport: Dragon Challenge

2018 Range Rover Sport: Dragon Challenge

A New Adventure for Range Rover

For the 2018 Range Rover Sport, the company decided to take on the Dragon Challenge. The 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge encompasses Tianmen Mountain Road in the Hunan Province of China. This road incorporates 99 hairpin turns on 7 miles of mountainside road. Usually, this road is strictly in use by ECO buses. Furthermore, to reach the summit, there is a 999-step staircase. This staircase leads to “Heaven’s Gate”, a natural rock arch in the mountainside. Mythically, this location is thought to be where the mortal world comes into contact with the world of the gods.

Specifications of the Range Rover Sport

2018 Range Rover Sport - Dragon Challenge - Tianmen Mountain Road - Land Rover Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Sport – Dragon Challenge – Tianmen Mountain Road – Land Rover Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge requires quite the vehicle to complete. The 2018 Range Rover Sport SE starts at a price of $68,750. In this deal, a 3.0-liter motor is included that produces 254 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows it to reach 60 mph in only 7.2 seconds. Furthermore, the Sport has a top speed of 130 mph. Finally, to optimize the hill climb, this car features different modes for functionality. These range from Terrain Response levels to Mud and Ruts mode.

Completing the Dragon Challenge

2018 Range Rover Sport - Dragon Challenge - 45-Degree Angle Staircase - Side Perspective - Land Rover Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Sport – Dragon Challenge – 45-Degree Angle Staircase – Side Perspective – Land Rover Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

”The Dragon Challenge is the hardest challenge I’ve ever been involved with because I can’t categorically say that we will succeed.” – Phil Jones, Land Rover Experience Special Projects Expert

To complete the 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge, the company decided to use driver Ho-Pin Tung. He is a Le Mans 24 Hours winner and driver for the Jaguar Formula E Racing team. The first step was to tackle Tianmen Mountain Road’s 7-miles of 99 hairpin turns. In Terrain Response 2 mode, the SUV maneuvers better, allowing to complete it with ease. But, that was not the major challenge. The largest challenge was tackling the 45-degree angle of the 999 step staircase to “Heaven’s Gate”. In Mud and Ruts mode, the Sport was able to accomplish this feat. This made the Range Rover Sport the first car that made it to “Heaven’s Gate” in only 22 minutes and 41 seconds.

Who Will Accomplish the Challenge Next?

Range Rover Sport | Dragon Challenge – Land Rover Deutschland – YouTube

After such a feat by Range Rover, it is only a certain amount of time before contenders step up to the plate. Obviously, this depends if China officials allow it to take place again. The 2018 Range Rover Sport Dragon Challenge is quite impressive, showing the capabilities of the SUV. With many different modes, the Sport can handle everything from hairpin turns to off-road adventures. Although it is a bit pricey, this car is definitely worth it for those who can afford it. The Maserati Levante was aimed at the Sports level of market, but probably can’t accomplish this type of feat. But, nobody truly knows, so maybe they should try it sometime. In conclusion, the 2018 Range Rover Sport is a beastly SUV showing the power of the Land Rover company.

2018 Range Rover Sport - Dragon Challenge - 45-Degree Angle Staircase - Land Rover Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2018 Range Rover Sport – Dragon Challenge – 45-Degree Angle Staircase – Land Rover Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV

Alfa Romeo’s First Mid-Size SUV

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – Front – NAIAS 2017 – EuroDrift

In 2016, Alfa Romeo introduced the world to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has been in production since 2016 with it’s first model year set to 2018. The assembly of the Stelvio occurs at the FCA Cassino Plant in Cassino, Frostinone, Italy. This SUV is a compact luxury crossover with a 5-door layout and the Giorgio platform. Lastly, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV is one of the fastest SUVs in the world.

2.9-Liter Twin-Turbo V6 with 505 Horsepower

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - Side - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – Side – NAIAS 2017 – EuroDrift

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV sports an all-aluminum 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. This motor produces 505 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. The Stelvio’s governor restricts the car to 176 mph. From 0 to 60 mph, the Stelvio takes only 3.9 seconds. This car has also obtained the reputation for fastest SUV in the world with a Nürburgring lap time of 7:15.7 as seen in the video below.

Alcantara Sport Seats & Carbon Fiber Trim

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - Rear - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – Rear – NAIAS 2017 – EuroDrift

On the interior, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV has Alcantara sport seats with a leather steering wheel. To increase sportiness, there is also a red push-start button as well as aluminum paddle-shifters. Complementing this even further, the Stelvio has carbon fiber trim. For technology, there is an 8.8” widescreen color display. On the audio end, there is a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

Carbon Ceramic Brembo Brakes & 20” Wheels

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - Wheel - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – Wheel – NAIAS 2017 – EuroDrift

On the exterior, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV has 20” wheels and other premium features. To complement the wheels, there are carbon ceramic Brembo brakes. On the front, there is a Scudetto grille design. This SUV has a nice ride height which allows for comfort as well as sporty handling. Lastly, the Stelvio displays LED headlamps and tail lights.

50/50 Weight Distribution Ratio & Torque Vectoring

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - Front Fender - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – Front Fender – NAIAS 2017 – EuroDrift

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV makes use of a Q4 AWD system. For the suspension, the Stelvio has a double wishbone front suspension system. On top of this, the Stelvio sports a nearly 50/50 weight distribution ratio as well as torque vectoring. For the braking system, there is an integrated braking setup. Lastly, the Stelvio arrives with the Alfa DNA Pro Drive Mode Selector including the infamous race mode.

MSRP of $81,590 Including Delivery Charge


For a MSRP of $81,590, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV can be yours! This is $38,600 more than the entry-level Stelvio model. But, keep in mind, this cost does include the delivery charge. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is an amazing feat of engineering in the SUV realm that beat out the Cayenne, Levante, and other well-known SUVs. The Lamborghini Urus presents a threat to the Stelvio’s Nürburgring record, but for the price, this is one hell of a sports SUV. In conclusion, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio was the world’s fastest SUV record holder which makes this a legendary vehicle.

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